Minbo - or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Minbo - or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992)

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A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They employ a variety of schemes to con the hotel out of 'hush-money.' The hotel needs to rid itself of the Yakuza and finally begins to fight back by hiring Mahiru Inoue, a lawyer who is an expert at dealing with these criminals on their own terms. This film by Juzo Itami combines action with farce, as an all-out war ensues.
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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy
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Mr Itami strikes hard at the world of the yakuza and their extortions, and how japanese society prefers to ignore their problems instead of actually facing them. Very funny and clever, with a great performance by the charming Mrs Miyamoto. The film struck a nerve with real life yakuzas, who went to beat Mr Itami. The yakuzas of Minbo are not "honorable" guys, but bullies with suits and loud words that prey on the weak.

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